February 19, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook made WhatsApp the kind of offer it couldn't possibly refuse: $19 billion plus a pledge to pay out $2 billion if the deal doesn't go through. But some users of the popular mobile messaging app say the acquisition is a raw deal for them. And they have gathered on Twitter to say they plan to delete the WhatsApp app. Many of them are complaining about Facebook's privacy incursions. But the main objection seems to be all the ads on Facebook -- and how Facebook exploits what you share with your friends to pitch stuff to you and them.
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February 27, 2011 |
A prominent Beverly Hills psychiatrist who has helped decide hundreds of child-custody disputes was thrown off one recent case and has been challenged in at least two others after posting lewd photos of himself on Facebook and allegedly promoting illegal drug use, unprotected sex and male prostitution. Dr. Joseph Kenan, president of the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry, is also being investigated by the Medical Board of California on at least four complaints by parents who hired him to do custody evaluations, according to records and correspondence reviewed by The Times.
April 11, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Joe Green, Mark Zuckerberg's Harvard roommate, is famous for having turned down an offer to move to Silicon Valley to join Facebook. Instead Green finished his college degree and worked for 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, missing out on a once-in-a-lifetime payday. Now he's reuniting with his college pal on a project that straddles two worlds for which he has great affinity: technology and politics. Green, 29, is the founder and president of Fwd.us., a new political advocacy group funded by Zuckerberg and other prominent Silicon Valley executives to press for immigration reform and other technology industry causes.
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September 21, 2013 |
On a sunny September day, Christina Ayres lay on the sand near the Huntington Beach Pier, tanning in a pink bikini, and ticked off the things that identify a 909er. Bad clothing - " 'Jersey Shore' style," the 29-year-old explained. And meth addicts. "That's what you hear on the news. " Over on Main Street, Ryan Kaupang, 21, had a more specific description: "White kids that dress like bros," he said, "bros" meaning people who wear cut-off jerseys and motocross gear and "try to act like tough guys.
February 22, 2012 |
Can a person's Facebook profile reveal what kind of employee he or she might be? The answer is yes, and with unnerving accuracy, according to a new paper published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology. And if you are smugly thinking to yourself, "I've carefully wiped my Facebook page of any incriminating photos, comments and wall posts," - well, it turns out you may still not have hidden your true nature from future employers: On a rating scale that examines key personality attributes that indicate future job success, you might get rated high in conscientiousness and possibly low on extroversion.
March 22, 2013 |
That time you're spending on Facebook may not be wasted productivity, after all. At least, that's what yet another Facebook-based study has found. You may remember Stuart Smiley, the fey self-affirmation addict portrayed on "Saturday Night Live" by now-Sen. Al Franken. He stares into the mirror and declares, "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough and, dog gone it, people like me. " That's what Facebook does, according to a study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
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December 16, 2013 |
Veteran mixed-martial arts fighter and jiujitsu instructor Joe Camacho died Monday morning at a West Covina hospital, police said. Paramedics took Camacho, 41, from his girlfriend's home in West Covina to Queen of the Valley Hospital early Monday after he had "difficultly breathing," according to the West Covina Police Department. Though paramedics performed CPR, Camacho was pronounced dead at the hospital, police spokesman Rudy Lopez said. Lopez said police were waiting for coroner's officials to determine a cause of death, but noted there were no obvious signs of foul play.
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May 8, 2013 |
In the last year, Mike Judge, a Simi Valley councilman and Los Angeles Police Department officer, has been scrutinized for posting links on his Facebook page to racy and suggestive websites. When the Simi Valley Acorn asked him in February about the links to sites such as Hot Mirror Shots - which features topless and nearly naked women - and Hot Chicks with Abs, Judge told the local newspaper that he didn't consider anything on his Facebook page inappropriate. “There's no porn on my Facebook,” he said.
August 27, 2012 |
If you've ever attended an Ozomatli concert, you know it's sort of like being swept up in a Disneyland parade for adults. The unclassifiable L.A. band -- OK, call its members Latino-hip-hop-reggae-rockers, if you must -- is known for a kinetically feel-good performance style that has set audiences swaying and jumping from L.A. to Myanmar, where Ozo once toured on behalf of the U.S. State Department. Now, the band has directed its youthful high spirits into a new record aimed at an even bouncier demographic.
June 13, 2013 |
It's wonderful that the 10-year old suburban Philadelphia girl in need of a lung transplant whose plight became national news was finally able to get one on Wednesday. “God is great! He moved the mountain!” exclaimed Sarah Murnaghan's mother, Janet Ruddock Murnaghan, on her Facebook page. Actually, it was her parents who took her case to court and a federal judge who moved the mountain. The judge ordered that Sarah, as well as an 11-year-old boy waiting for lungs at the same hospital, be allowed to compete for them on an equal basis with adults.